Some Main Street budget requests receive Crestview CRA approval

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The Community Redevelopment Agency funded some of the Main Street Crestview Association's recent project requests, including the Façade Improvement Grant program that partially funds fixing up historic downtown buildings such as these.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 06:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Main Street Crestview Association has received unanimous approval for three project requests, but funding for a full-time program manager has been deferred.

Association President Ellis Conner presented the non-profit organization's annual budget request to the CRA board, which City Council members comprise, Aug. 12.

Among its approved requests, Main Street asked the Community Redevelopment Agency to renew its $50,000 annual funding for the downtown Façade Improvement Grant program. Although it’s not a Main Street program, the association provides grant recommendations to the CRA. Business grant recipients receive up to half the cost of façade improvements, up to $10,000.

Conner also presented Main Street's request for $10,000 per year over the next three years to fund Crestview's 2016 Centennial Celebration events.

A further $15,000 was requested to maintain existing streetscape improvements. Some of the $3 million project components, notably some dying landscaping, need upkeep, Conner said.

No manager funding

The board agreed to consider the association's request for $38,000 to hire a full-time program manager after the city's budget process is complete.

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